I want to share a travel tip that has helped make our lives immensely easier during travel – the DIY Airplane Survival Kits for Toddlers.
We are preparing for a big trip across the country. We are flying from the Rocky Mountain West to Florida.
It is a 4.5 hour flight. We are taking 6 kids.
They fly well, they travel well overall, but it is only because I try very hard to make flights (and road trips) as happy and pleasant as possible.
That’s why I create road trip or airplane survival packs – snacks and activities that my kids have not seen before, so it’s a fun surprise and keeps them quiet and busy for a very long time.
I want to share my toddler airplane survival kit with you, but it works well for road trips too. I have to be more precise with flights due to space and I require all my kids to carry their own carry-ons, including their survival kits, so they need to be lightweight, easy to carry around, practical and fun.
Let me share with you what I put in my toddler airplane kit for my 2.5 year old.
DIY Airplane Survival Kits for Toddlers
- Bright colored cinch-sack backpack as it is super lightweight, brightly colored to spot him in a crowd, and cheap! I buy these in packs of 6 for super cheap. They each have a different emoji face and I have 6 kids, so it works super well. They generally only last a few flights or road trips, but are perfect during that time. These are also the bags my kids have in the theme parks because I can spot them in a crowd with the bright color (if we get separated or they are walking further ahead) and holds their snacks, jacket and more for the day.
- Activity packs – these include coloring sheets and other misc. for toddlers. I bought these at Walmart for $1.47 each.
- Sticker packs – like hundreds of stickers. I also bought these at Walmart. They range from $0.97-$2.47 a set.
- Crayons – my toddler will be busy with crayons and stickers for quite a while on the flight.
- Snacks – I take savory and sweet snacks. Animal crackers and pretzel sticks are in the bag, plus a fruit roll-up. I have also included a breakfast bar in this pack as he will need his pack early in the morning.
- Suckers – there are three suckers so I can have at least one for take-off, one for landing and one for the middle of the flight for candy emergency. Suckers last him a while, plus the suckers help with the air pressure on his little ears for take-off and landing.
- Toys that are softer and don’t make noise (although he can still find a way, but it’s one more obstacle to make noise).
This is the pack I have for the flight to Orlando, but in his suitcase, I have similar packs for the parks and for the flight back to stuff in his pack on the day we need it. So I can refill his pack each day before we head out.
For the parks, they are only snack packs, plus a jacket, no activities as he shouldn’t need activities at a theme park. Then his coming back airplane survival pack, I have a whole new set of stickers and activities with different themes along with more snacks and suckers.
When you want to travel as a family, you find a way to make it work!